Margo is back in prison. And the women decide to retaliate against David's intention to stop Georgie's parole.

First broadcast ... 1981 (Melbourne)
Broadcast on Channel 5 Tuesday 13 January 1998 04:40
DVD release: volume 12 disc 3 (AUS)
Duration: 00:42:20

Meg ~ Elspeth Ballantyne
Judy ~ Betty Bobbitt
Lizzie ~ Sheila Florance
Erica ~ Patsy King
Bea ~ Val Lehman
Jim ~ Gerard Maguire
Doreen ~ Colette Mann
Vera ~ Fiona Spence
Margo ~ Jane Clifton
David ~ Serge Lazareff
Georgie ~ Tracey Mann
Mouse ~ Jentah Sobott
Sally Dean ~ Debra Lawrence
Newsreader ~ Bruce Mansfield

  • Written by Denise Morgan
  • Directed by Mike Murphy
  • The book Georgie reads from is Poor Cow by Nell Dunn, though she seems to read the cover blurb rather than anything from the main text of the book

    Georgie interrupts the TV news about the siege to tell the women her own news about David's decision on her parole. Bea won't accept Judy's defeatist attitude that there's nothing they can do about it. Margo is brought back to Wentworth. Vera's isn't very sympathetic to Sally's complaints about finding it hard to handle Bea. Vera confirms the story about Georgie's parole. Bea says they won't go to any more classes and leads the women in preparation for other protests. Jim is surprised by Bea's request for an extra exercise period for all the women. Meg objects to David's insistence on blocking Georgie's parole. Vera passes on a message to Meg to give to Margo, which she says she will want to pass on personally. The message turns out to be that Wayne is dead. Bea warns Margo not to do anything silly during the protest. The women stay in the grounds after their exercise period and refuse to go inside until David comes out to talk to them. Sally runs back inside as she's unable to control the women on her own, but when the other officers follow her outside, the women are sitting down on blankets concocting their lists of demands as if they were having a picnic. Bea hands over the list to David, and points out that if the women boycott his classes he won't have a job. Georgie leads the women in throwing tennis balls and other objects at him as he leaves. Jim goes back inside and loads a rifle, and orders armed guards to be posted around the fence. David challenges Vera and she admits that she told Georgie and that, unlike him, she isn't a hypocrite and doesn't go behind the women's backs. Lizzie is taken ill during the protest because the food they put aside from the kitchen is off, but they find themselves at the wrong end of a gun barrel when they try to get help for Lizzie. Margo cracks when she hears that the police are being called again and rushes towards Vera who fires her rifle... Bea shows the stick Margo was holding to Sally to prove to her that Margo wasn't holding a knife. Bea calls off the protest and the women go back inside: in the privacy of their cell, Bea tells Georgie that she will teach her to read herself if that's what it takes. Erica isn't impressed with Sally's claim to have been threatened by Bea and points out that the phrase Bea used "too dangerous to have around" may just be true. David asks for Erica's help to get the women to return to his classes, but she says he will just have to win their trust again by himself. Judy suggests a way Georgie can seem to be able to read. Mouse lets slip to Margo that it was Georgie who lagged on the attempt to smuggle out her money. Sally overhears the women coaching Georgie to memorize a passage in a book so she can pretend to read it. Vera's advice to Sally is to let the women think they're getting away with it for now. Bea passes the book to Mouse and tells her where to put it in the rec room so Georgie can appear to select a book at random. Erica and David are called to the rec room to hear Georgie read, but Vera exposes the trick by giving her another book to read and Georgie refuses. Margo encounters Georgie in a corridor and attacks her, shouting that she's a lagger. Erica decides to move Margo to A Division. Sally brags to the women that it was she who discovered the trick over Georgie, and Judy suggests she's becoming a minor version of Vera so they ought to call her "Vinaigrette". Bea thinks of a way to get back at both Sally and David at once. Mouse drops a tray of crockery outside the library and pretends to have cut herself to get David to help her to the infirmary and leave the library empty. Bea stirs up Sally's suspicions by asking if Vera's taken all the credit for her discovery, and then arranges for Sally to overhear Georgie saying she'd hidden some "stuff" in a false bottom of one of the pots. Sally rushes at once to the library and smashes a few pots . When she finds nothing she smashes all the others in a rage. David finds her doing this and demands to know what she thinks she's doing.


    Script Editor: Ian Smith (181); Patrick Amer (182)-(183); Ian Smith (184)-(185)
    Storyliners: Dave Worthington, Alastair Sharp (181)-(185), Peter Brennan: from (185)